ART PROGRAMS

2021 - 2022

Nov 2021 - Feb 2022

ART IN THE COMMUNITY

As part of the ART IN THE COMMUNITY programs, Kendall Art Center will present “Family Ties” Two histories where parents and children have given their energies completely to this vocation, different generations and ways of seeing and expressing, but the same passion and dedication. In a country of diversity, these two unique families raised their children under very different environments and had very different experiences and paths themselves that in the end, always leads to art.

Mar 2022 - May 2022

WOMAN IN THE ARTS

As part of the WOMAN IN THE ARTS program, Kendall Art Center will present “Women Artists in the Collection,” a selection of contemporary artworks by female artists of the community. This exhibition, curated and moderated by Yuneikys Villalonga, will highlight the tremendous diversity in the Miami Metro area and explore the vibrant artistic energy of women artists from many cultural backgrounds.

May 2022 - July 2022

SOFLO NEW ARTISTS

Kendall Art Center in collaboration with Florida International University and Miami International University of Art & Design will present “Master of Fine Arts” with the aim to promote and launches graduate's student into the contemporary art community. An annual exhibition that allows the Kendall Art Center to celebrate the achievements of the graduating students in the MFA program in local universities. Curated by recent graduates of curatorial studies and museum practices.
Our programs include all year round: Art exhibitions, creative workshops, presentations, lectures, research, art making and guided  tours.

Nov 2021 - Feb 2022

ART IN THE COMMUNITY

Kendall Art Center in collaboration with Florida International University and Miami International University of Art & Design will present “Master of Fine Arts” with the aim to promote and launches graduate's student into the contemporary art community. An annual exhibition that allows the Kendall Art Center to celebrate the achievements of the graduating students in the MFA program in local universities. Curated by recent graduates of curatorial studies and museum practices.Our programs include all year round: Art exhibitions, creative workshops, presentations, lectures, research, art making and guided  tours.

Community Programs

Our programs focus on works of artists in the community. Through art exhibitions, creative workshop, presentations, lectures, research, art making and guided  tours, we hope to encourage close look, foster conversation between students, community and artists.

ART IN THE COMMUNITY

Art Exhibitions, Creative Workshops, Art Presentations, Art Lectures, Panel Discussions, Meet the Artist, Collection Review and Guided Tours

WOMAN IN THE ARTS

Art Exhibitions, Art Presentations, Art Lectures, Panel Discussions, Meet the Artist and Guided Tours

SOFLO NEW ARTISTS

Art Exhibitions, Art Presentations, Art Lectures, Panel Discussions, Meet the Artist and Guided Tours

ART & MUSIC

Music Concert and Presentations

ART & LITERATURE

Book Presentation, Panel Discussions and Review

ART & CHILDREN

Art Exhibitions, Creative Workshops and Book Presentation

About us!

Our mission

The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas is an emerging museum dedicated to the preservation and education of Caribbean and Latin American contemporary art. As a museum, MoCAA is committed to flourishing in the post-pandemic era. The museum dedicates itself to serving the diverse communities of South Florida and the Americas, bringing a range of new voices, artists, methodologies, and practices to the forefront. The Rodriguez Collection, on extended loan to MoCAA, offers outstanding works from Cuban and Latin American contemporary art to engage visitors with paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and ceramics on display that invite our audiences to investigate their relationship to creativity. The MoCAA Collection is envisioned as a space for research, inquiry, training, exchange, education and community enjoyment. A vital component of the Museum program, The Rodriguez Collection motivates a cultural enterprise of education-through-art in order to provide a broader vision of modern and contemporary art to present and future generations. As a museum, MoCAA is open to debate, discovery and critical thinking, a place for integration and exchange where the notion of community is fundamental. It is a place of concurrence, not opulence, and MoCAA conveys the ongoing deliberate effort to ensure that differences are welcomed and different perspectives are heard so that individuals feel respected and engaged in the Museum’s evolving work.

Our vision

The new MoCA-Americas emerges as a space dedicated to bringing contemporary art to life as an active cultural bridge among the diverse contemporary art expressions of the Americas. In today's uncertain times, museums can build spaces that encourage dialogue through art. The MoCA-Americas contributes to re-establishing common cultural grounds and building community bridges rather than breeding divisions, through the contemporary art expressions of Cuba, the Caribbean, and the Americas. It is established with the belief that museums have a role to play in giving us broader intellectual points of view and better inspiring perspectives on life. MoCA-Americas is a place for visitors to interact with art, to be engaged with artists' personal stories, intriguing objects, compelling images, inclusive community activities, and interactive experiences.

History

After six successful years of exhibitions, events, traveling shows, publications, community education, and unique artists projects, the Kendall  Art Center evaluates its future; in terms of thinking to ensure a relevant and innovative institution for the audiences of tomorrow. After months of intense work, research, and discussions, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas emerges...

From KAC to MoCAA

From well-established experiences, to new art possibilities

From art center to museum

Leonardo Rodríguez's work as an "art collector" began in the complex nineties of the last century in his own country of Cuba, where he began collecting antiques. Step by step, his taste in the arts changed, given his attentiveness towards "authenticity and aura," which characterizes his collection. In light of this, it is interesting to note that when Leonardo emigrated from Cuba, he brought only 12 artworks that would eventually become what today is his treasure.

July 15th, 2016, becomes the main event for him and the artists at his side within the art scene in South Florida. It was the birth of the Kendall Art Center (KAC), which opened its doors to the public, created to bring Rodríguez's collection closer to the community as an art experience and educational resource. During the past six years, the Kendall Art Center has become an inspiring art hub and one of the best cultural offerings in South Florida.

The KAC then became an active participant in the art community of South Florida, as well as abroad, while providing education, preservation and awareness of the visual arts. The KAC’s program of exhibitions and activities has become a space for artists to provide creative, intellectual, and emotional insights into society, challenging the traditional approaches to Cuban art. Rodríguez thus became a collector active in supporting a space such as the KAC for artistic visibility, debate, and education on contemporary art.

After six years of intense activity with a fantastic track record of 76 exhibitions produced and presented, Rodríguez and the small team at the Kendall Art Center shaped its shows as a catalyst for art and new ideas to the public. By making Cuban art relevant and accessible to contemporary audiences, the KAC exhibitions, by their nature, mirrored a diverse society marked by a broad Latin American diaspora in South Florida.

Since its beginnings, the Rodíguez Collection that brought forward the KAC has had artistic, curatorial, and intellectual contributions from many artists, scholars, critics, and curators. And the Kendall Art Center was created to bring Rodríguez's collection closer to the community.

The KAC is located in Miami, a diverse city with a multilingual, multicultural population, where more than half of Miami-Dade's residents were born outside the U.S. The end of 2021 brought into discussion a much-needed topic: How do we create bridges of inclusion and exchange among mainstream America, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Latin culture? To better understand the impact of globalization on the developmen

The discussions of the KAC leadership and its team move toward searching for a space that can generate new strategies for dealing with multicultural global imaginaries, capable of giving diverse communities new ways to interact with art, oriented toward multiple artistic insights rather than one homogenized vision of art.t of art and relations between Europe, the United States, Latin America, its Diasporas, and its multicultural interactions.

Since the Magicians de la Terre exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 1989 [Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin], the discussion surrounding curating, collecting, and researching artworks by artists operating outside Europe and the USA became crucial. The crossed dialogue with Western Art has opened the debate on addressing complex questions of cultural identity. Many significant exhibitions regarding artistic diversity, identity, and belonging have occurred; even years after the 1989 Magicians exhibit at the Pompidou. They have substantially expanded the scope of Latin American Art in America.

The transformation of the KAC into a museum seeks to develop an institution for promoting Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American modernity, modernism, and contemporaneity in Miami. A museum able to debate cross-cultural developments within the Caribbean and Latin American Diaspora as a venue for cultural diversity rooted in multiethnic environments. A space within North America of mediation between local and international, private and public interests.

The KAC is then envisioned for the future, being shaped not just as a gallery or to host Rodríguez's collection, but as a living stage for the community to celebrate creativity, openness, tolerance, and the great art emerging from Cuba, the Caribbean and the Americas. Beyond borders and unnecessary classifications, the future KAC becomes a cultural bridge where diverse cultural, artistic, social, and innovative positions are welcome. It is by sharing the most thought-provoking modern and contemporary art between Western and non-Western aesthetics–be it Cuban, Caribbean, Latin, or North America–that the KAC has now transitioned into a museum organization.

As a successful art center, its leadership moves into the next stage of the institution. A museum plan has been developed by consulting experts in the museum field, and it has taken months of research, evaluation, exchange, and discussions.

We are ready to become a bridge for exchanging the arts of the Americas connected with local and global communities. Through participatory and collaborative projects, the museum will function as a place of discovery, consultation, cooperation, innovation, and interaction with all of the large and small elements of the community.


The Kendall Art Center has become the new MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE AMERICAS.

Where we come from?

KENDALL ART CENTER

The Kendall Art Cultural Center (KACC), dedicated the past six years to the preservation and promotion of contemporary art and artists, and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout Miami and South Florida, as well as abroad. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions, programs, and its collections, KACC provides an international platform for the work of established and emerging artists, advancing public appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.

Passion and Instinct: Collecting Art

A resemblance of the Rodriguez Collection

The Rodríguez collection is a blueprint of Cuban art and its diaspora. Within the context of the new MoCA-Americas the collection becomes an invaluable visual source for Diaspora identity. It represents a different approach to art history to try to better understand where we come from to better know where we are heading.

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